LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) -Several strong wind gusts and an outstanding pitching performance deprived the Dodgers of a series lead Monday night, as the Giants jumped first 2-1 in the NLDS with a 1-0 victory.
A game that saw just eight hits between two teams proved to be more of a defensive highlight reel than anything, as both teams were placed in a farm clinic. Max Scherzer, who started the game and blasted 10 over seven dazzling innings, took the beating despite allowing just one run. His lone mistake of the night came in the fifth inning when he left with an 0-2 fastball in the center of the plate, sent by Evan Longoria to the left wall, giving the Giants all the run support they would need.
With two in the ninth inning and the game on the line, Gavin Lux fell not only into the hands of closer Giants Camilo Doval, but into Mother Nature, who sent his sure home back into play. for the last outing. A ball that looked like it came from a bat – Lux thought as well as he pointed to the sky as he ran toward first base – with an exit speed of 106.9 miles per hour and a 22 -degree launch angle suddenly stopped in the middle of flying before ending as what looks like a simple fly out of centerfield.
Tonight, World Series favorite Dodgers will play their second potential elimination game in less than a week, as they even look at the series and avoid an early exit from the playoffs. They will take the field behind their Cy Young dependent Walker Buehler, who suffered a loss in Game 1, allowing two home runs and three runs in six innings of work.
The Dodgers ’face in Game 4 tonight is Anthony DeSclafani, one of the Giants’ more surprising pitchers this season. DeSclafani finished the year with 13 wins and a 3.17 ERA, but still hasn’t made it to the playoffs so far. Against the Dodgers this season he is 0-3 in six starts, allowing 22 runs in just 27 innings-pitching to the tone of a 7.33 ERA.
The weather should be less of a factor tonight, as wind advisors canceled earlier today in Los Angeles. The wind speed should be very different from 21 miles per hour last night with the expected game-time speed sitting at 3 miles per hour.
A win tonight will return the series to San Francisco for a decisive win-take-all Game 5.
Since 2000, the Dodgers have made the postseason 13 times, including a run of nine straight playoff appearances. At that time, they had been eliminated from playing in the Division series five times, most recently against 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals, formerly home to new-Dodgers Max Scherzer and Trea Turner.
They face another potential elimination tonight at 6:07 PM PT, with their entire season on the line. For World Series Champions last season, win or stay home.